take-up

noun
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Definition of take-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the action of taking up

take up

verb
took up; taken up; taking up; takes up

Definition of take up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : pick up, lift took up the carpet
2a : to begin to occupy (land)
b : to gather from a number of sources took up a collection
3a : to accept or adopt for the purpose of assisting
b : to accept or adopt as one's own took up the life of a farmer
c : to absorb or incorporate into itself plants taking up nutrients
4a : to enter upon (something, such as a business, hobby, or subject of study) take up skiing took up the trumpet
b : to proceed to consider or deal with take up one problem at a time
5 : to establish oneself in took up residence in town
6 : to occupy entirely or exclusively : fill up the meeting was taken up with old business
7 : to make tighter or shorter take up the slack
8 : to respond favorably to (a person offering a bet, challenge, proposal, etc.) took me up on it
9 : to begin again or take over from another we must take the good work up again

intransitive verb

1 : to make a beginning where another has left off
2 : to become shortened : draw together : shrink
take up the cudgels
: to engage vigorously in a defense or dispute
take up with
1 : to become interested or absorbed in
2 : to begin to associate or consort with

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Synonyms & Antonyms for take-up

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of take-up in a Sentence

Verb please take up the blanket so I can look underneath it the soil was so dry that the plant seemed to take up the much-needed water instantly
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The church’s pastor and Davis did receive some letters opposing her ordination, but the Southern Baptist Convention meeting a year later did not take up the issue. Susan M. Shaw, The Conversation, 1 June 2021 Don’t take up much room in your home with the Iszy Billiards Billiard Stick Wall Rack. Chris Hachey, BGR, 26 May 2021 But the state Senate did not take up the bill, and the Legislature adjourned its regular session last week. Briana Bierschbach, Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 But the Senate didn't take up the bill before the end of the congressional session. Holly Yan, CNN, 17 May 2021 During the Friday morning meeting, the House State Affairs committee did not take up session’s electricity omnibus bill, Senate Bill 3, which was left pending after members heard testimony in a hearing at the end of last week. Dallas News, 14 May 2021 The compact two-burner grill itself doesn't take up much room, yet still offers 445 square inches of total cooking space. Martha Sorren, Southern Living, 14 May 2021 Painted a chalky pale pink (with a wax top finish), the piano doesn't take up a lot of visual space within the tight confines of the living room. Jody Garlock, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 May 2021 The Ohio Supreme Court did not take up Paluscsak’s appeal of an 8th District Court of Appeals holding that routine court orders, like discovery orders, are not able to be appealed. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 17 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of take-up

Noun

1832, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of take-up was in the 14th century

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“Take-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take-up. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for take-up

take-up

noun

English Language Learners Definition of take-up

British : the rate at which something offered is accepted by people

take up

transitive verb

Medical Definition of take up

: to absorb or incorporate into itself the rate at which the cells took up glucose

Other Words from take-up

take-up noun

take up

transitive verb

Legal Definition of take up

1 : to pay the amount of (as a note) : pay in full for
2 : to proceed to deal with take up a motion

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